“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare
their meat in the summer;”
30:25. I’ve received a few inquiries in recent
months as to whether Christians should store up food
and supplies and buy gold and silver all in
anticipation of what they see coming on the horizon.
The answer is yes and no. If you see a benefit in
storing up for the
as the ants do, then by all means do so.
Catastrophic storms, such as just occurred along the
east coast of the US, would be cause for preparedness.
Weather anomalies happen quite frequently these days
and in such cases a safety net of a full pantry, in
case stores run out of goods, doesn’t mean we’re being
unfaithful, but practical. If you have a savings
account on hand, just in case of an emergency, that
too can be a good thing. But attempting to store up in
anticipation of what the Bible clearly states will
occur in the last days prior to Christ’s return is
Here’s an example of
being prepared for common disruptions. The pump in our
water well went out recently and we had to have it
replaced. We had no water until the new pump was
installed. We went to the store and purchased as much
water as we could get in our car. The pump was
installed the next day and we ended up using very
little of the water we purchased. God provided the
funds to purchase the new pump and the well drilling
company was very efficient and timely. We hardly felt
the effects of no water. We had relied on God to
provide the funds as we abide in Him, and He did.
“If ye abide
in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.”
God made a promise to the faithful that He would
provide for our needs. God never breaks His promises.
“But my God
shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus.”
How about storing up
for what God tells us is coming in the last days, and
which the signs of the times point to as imminent? We
cannot store enough of anything to last through what’s
coming. The big question is why would we even attempt
such foolishness? I received an email from a person in
South Korea asking about storing up supplies of food
as well as other commodities. My answer to this person
was that storing up supplies in an attempt to stave
off the rising cost of those things would certainly be
a benefit, short term yes, but still a benefit. But
being prepared for what the Bible tells us is coming
in the last days is something else altogether. It’s
never a bad idea to have extra supplies food, water,
even medical supplies on hand in case there’s an
emergency. When we lose power here at the Graham
residence we have a generator to produce enough power
to run our refrigerator and a few other essentials.
But when the last days arrive, gas to run generators
will be nonexistent. In a very small way, what we see
occurring in some communities on the east coast of the
US is an example of what life on earth will be like
without power, or fuel for generators, or food and
Storing up commodities
to stave off the approaching catastrophic end times
may seem beneficial to many people, but nothing will
suffice; all commodities will run out long before
those times reach their zenith. Nothing can be done
for those in that situation. Oh sure, governments may
build huge underground bunkers with enough stored food
and other supplies to support a few privileged people
for an extended period of time, but average citizens
don’t have the resources of those governments. Even if
we did the terrible times that are coming will not
exclude anyone who remains here during the Great
Tribulation. No one will be able to hide from God in a
What God tells us in
His word is coming will affect everyone on earth; it
will not be partitioned off by the haves and the have
not’s. The suffering will be worldwide and no matter
what you think you can do to prepare yourself there is
only one sure and effective way to be prepared for
what’s coming, and it doesn’t include storing food,
water, or munitions.
Jesus gave us a heads
up of what’s to be expected during the last days of
planet earth. He did so not merely to afford an answer
to His disciples who were pressing Him for details
concerning the last days and His return, but to
enlighten everyone who would hear and heed His words.
There’s a decision to be made, and many have already
made it to their own detriment.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7.
We have no cause to fear what’s coming. We have not
been given the spirit of fear, but we have been given
power and a sound mind. Storing up years worth of
supplies for what the Bible plainly explains is coming
shows a lack of faith in the One who has told us over
and over again to fear not. Why would God tell us to
fear not and then place us in the precarious position
where fear becomes overwhelming? The only people who
should be fearful are those who have abandoned God,
they are those who will remain on earth, after the
followers of Jesus Christ have been removed, and they
will be forced to endure or perish.
wife, daughter, and I have a pantry. We try to keep it
well stocked. We do this because it is costly to run
into town to buy groceries every day or so. It’s an
eighteen mile trip into town and back to our home.
There are good reasons to have a few extra items on
hand, and each time we go to town we buy extra so the
need to return to the store is not so pressing. This
concept is just common sense (a sound mind).
Preparing for the
inevitable is not difficult. Your Bible tells you
what’s coming in the last days and clearly the prelude
to those days has arrived. It doesn’t take a rocket
scientist to evaluate and discern the times. Humanity
has been given all the information it needs to avoid a
most horrible end. Spiritual preparations should be
underway as the Gospel of peace is being preached
around this world. The Ekklesia of Christ is given the
task to spread the Gospel, not to store food and other
commodities in preparation for the last days here on
earth. Knowing Jesus Christ is the only preparedness
anyone need undertake.
“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and
brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you
shall they cause to be put to death.”
People will turn on one another, and that includes
family members. There will be full disruptions in all
the norms of the day. There are indescribably horrible
times coming upon the earth.
hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after
those things which are coming on the earth: for the
powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
Everything we currently take for granted will cease to
be available. Normal flows of commodities, what it
takes to live from day to day, will be nonexistent.
All the current amenities that so many people enjoy
and have grown accustomed to, even dependent upon,
will no longer be available. There will be famine in
every land (divers places). This will drive the
average Joe to commit the most heinous of crimes
against his brother. The sickness that will ensue will
not be tolerable; many will perish in extreme agony.
So, you’ve made up
your mind to accumulate a year or two worth of
supplies in order to stave off the coming cataclysmic
end times. Well, it just so happens that you are going
to need another 4 or 5 years worth of supplies once
your current supply is gone. Where on earth are you
going to go to make your purchase of those supplies?
There will be nothing to buy and you haven’t even
reached the beginning point of the
“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three
measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not
the oil and the wine.”
6:6. What this verse is saying in today’s
vernacular is in those days a scrap of bread will buy
a bag of gold. All that gold and silver you’re
currently hoarding will be useless. Who is going to
sell you a piece of bread for a bag of gold when they
themselves are perishing due to their own hunger?
The children of God
have no need to seek solace in what they can store up
in anticipation of the end catastrophic times. We
won’t be here.
thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will
keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall
come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon
3:10. God has promised to extract His Children
from off the face of the earth prior to those final
seven years. While the Christ rejecters try and fend
for themselves in a world gone completely into
disarray and decay, the rest of us will be enjoying
the promises of God – in Heaven.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me.”
Our preparedness began in our hearts when we said yes
to Jesus Christ. That profession of faith is our hope.
At the point when we first believed we became Christ’s
property. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might
redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus
2:13-14. Christ’s peculiar people are His possession.
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised
from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the
wrath to come.”
Thessalonians 1:10. Christ’s Ekklesia has
nothing to fear from the coming wrath. We will be
spared from His wrath which will be poured out on the
children of disobedience during the Great Tribulation.
The Christ rejecters have much to fear.
things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children
All the extreme
measures of preparedness that I read about on blogs
and some news sites everyday will do nothing to stave
off the approaching last days doom and gloom. For
those who’ve chosen to reject Christ it’s their lot to
For those of you who
don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, this last
paragraph is intended for you. Jesus Christ is the
answer to being prepared. He alone will provide you
with the peace you so desire. Tap into His promises
and forget the foolishness of the self-preparedness
crowd. Become the property of Jesus Christ by saying
yes to Him, and you will have accepted His free gift
of salvation. When you do this simple thing,
everlasting life is yours. Then watch out, because in
that moment you will be changed into a child of God.
Everything will be different after that. Instead of
storing up treasures on earth you’ll be passing out
your earthly surplus to the needy as you store up
treasures for yourself in Heaven.
God bless you all,